‘We are a species that fears itself most of all’ – race in the 1960s and 1970s
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This chapter shows that while people of colour were given limited access to heroic roles in horror comics of the 1970s, they were not given access to fear. Victimhood remained the province of white men and monstrosity continued to be linked to race. Empowered black characters such as Blade and Brother Voodoo were presented as, at best, allies and protectors of white characters, or as deriving their power from ‘white society’ in some way, and, at worst, as immune to pain and likely to revert to savagery.

Printing terror

American horror comics as Cold War commentary and critique

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